Audio, Home Cinema, Windows Home Server

Squeezebox Radio and Touch Are Perfect Partners for Windows Home Server

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As I’ve mentioned previously, alongside the Xbox 360, Logitech’s Squeezebox network music players are must have accessories for Windows Home Server, particularly for those with large music collections. With Logitech’s Windows Home Server add-in for Squeezebox currently in beta (actually, one of the longest betas I’ve seen in a while – release it already!), pairing your home server with a Squeezebox has become a lot simpler than it used to be.

Logitech today released two new models in the Squeezebox range – the Squeezebox Radio and Touch.

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The Squeezebox radio offers music streaming from your home server (or PC/Mac) alongside easy access to thousands of Internet Radio stations from across the globe, plus access to leading music services from Pandora, Rhapsody and Sirius (in the USA). The 2.4” colour screen displays album art, track information as well as photos from Flickr and Facebook. The integrated speaker is especially useful when combined with the iPod/iPhone audio jack. The Squeezebox Radio benefits from supporting  MP3, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, and Apple Lossless audio files.

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The Squeezebox Touch meanwhile offers a similar level of functionality (albeit without the integrated speaker), alongside a 4.3” touchscreen, optical inputs and outputs plus the ability to playback music from USB and SD.

The Squeezebox Radio is available soon for $200 with the Touch coming in December to the US for around $300.

More Info: Logitech

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Terry Walsh is the founder of We Got Served. He started the community in February 2007 with a mission to help families, tech enthusiasts everywhere figure out the technology needed to run the modern home and small business. He's the author of a number of guides to Windows, Windows Server and OS X Server and runs his own successful publishing business. Born and raised in Liverpool, England, Terry has been awarded Microsoft's prestigious Most Valuable Professional Award each year since 2008 for his work on We Got Served.
  • teq

    It's really nice to see that Logitech has made good use of its purchase of Slimdevices (the company that originally developed the Squeezebox/Transporter) and continues to bring out new and improved models.

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/urmaster urmaster

    I was considering picking up another squeezebox player. Hmmm might have to hold out for the Touch if the photo software is any good.

    Nice scoop BTW

  • Guest

    What is the state of the SqueezeCenter '10-second problem'? Apparently SqueezeCenter accessed your drives every 10 seconds, looking out for changes in your music collection. The 10 second interval meant that the computer was always active, and the drives were always spinning.

    Anyone know if that is still the case?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/urmaster urmaster

      I wasn't aware of this at all. There are options in the squeeze centre to change scanning methods and intervals. But why would this be a problem when home servers always keep the disks spinning?

      • Guest

        Disk models for the consumer market aren't intended to be spinning 24×7, disk models for servers are. I read about that on some Disk forum (probably Western Digital) – some S.M.A.R.T. parameters went wrong long before its predicted lifetime was due.

        Ahem: now I recall this was with something in a Linux distro, where some cron job accessed all disks every 30 seconds. Now WD GreenPower disks power down the disk after some inactivity. So the disk powered down and up almost 3000 times per day. Someone else stated that it was a good thing that the SC interval was 10 seconds (then), because such a short interval prevented a power down. The disk probably won't make the full guaranteed three years, but much longer than the NAS with the Linux distro.

        But, good to read that you can now control the scanning intervals, time to consider this again!

  • DanB

    Does anyone know off the top of their heads if the SB plays lossless WMA?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/urmaster urmaster

      Yes it does

  • PaulJG

    These look neat! Been waiting for the ZuneHDs, so now I think I've just found the item I'll ask Santa for.

  • scotta

    I've got two slimboxes, got the first one about 4 years ago. I have been very impressed with them and will be buying more. These new models keep upping the stakes.

  • David

    I love my Squeezebox Boom and was thinking about getting a couple more for the kids' bedrooms. I'll be curious to see how the single(?) speaker on the Radio sounds compared to the Boom. Make sure you get a review unit! :-)

  • Tom

    Just got my Squeezebox Radio yesterday – love it, its fantastic. The interface is great and i got the iPeng app on my iphone and can control the radio from my bed – I know very lazy. The Home Server Add on is nicely done. Just would like the logitech people to sort something out for streaming video with the Squeezebox server as then i would buy a load more for my TV's – I dream of a day when i am all digital and can watch internet TV feeds (hulu), movies (digital versions) from any room in my house – The Music thing is great as you do not need a TV on to listen to it but i am sure there is a market for having something to stream video. And to have it int he same frame work as the Squeezebox would make for a nice combination. Surly there is something like this out there?

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